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Fancy Dipped Cherries, DIY

fancy white chocolate dipped cherries

fancy white chocolate dipped cherries

Here’s an elegant idea for any type of party or celebration. Its super-easy to do but it packs a powerful visual and sensory punch. Picture these dipped cherries on your dining table, buffet table, dessert table, or on h’or deurves trays at your next celebration.  They just look so dang fancy (and they look super-expensive, but when you do this yourself, it just ain’t so!).

You can do this for any occasion, any time of year, but I think they’d be particularly pretty on for your holiday season parties, or Christmas dinner table.  They would also be perfect for a bridal shower or wedding reception. Or an anniversary party…

Here’s How:

The cherries are dipped in white chocolate. Use white chocolate melts, which are specifically intended for melting and give the best results – available where candy making and cake decorating supplies are sold.  Just melt down the chocolate in a double boiler, hold the cherry by the stem, and give it a dip. Sit the bottoms of the cherries carefully on a sheet of waxed paper to harden. Then press those little silver cake decorating pearls (that you can buy at any grocery store) into the chocolate on the cherry once it starts to harden just a bit.

I’ve seen cherries totally dipped in chocolate before (white or dark chocolate), but I think leaving the top half of the cherry exposed is so much more striking, visually speaking. Especially when you are using white chocolate, the color contrast is just so gorgeous!

As always, have fun!

Bacon Hearts

Bacon hearts

Bacon hearts

These days, nothing says I love you like bacon it seems. And what better way to say it than styling those little strips of scumptiousness into hearts as you’re frying them up in the pan – or in my case, crisping them up in the microwave.

Being rather health conscious (and figure-conscious!),  I generally prefer to use turkey or chicken bacon, but no biggie because this will work just as well with those leaner choices (when done in the microwave turkey bacon gets super-crispy. Yum!).

I love this idea and plan to surprise my husband (if he reads my blog, which he’s inclined to do on occasion, it’ll be less of a surprise, but he usually sticks to news and technology blogs so hopefully he won’t spot this…) with heart shaped bacon for breakfast on the next special occasion, which would be our anniversary. But its also a great idea for birthdays, Valentines day, or any time you just want to say “I love you”. Oh yeah, throw Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in there too.

Come to think of it, what a great way to break the ice and make up the morning after a squabble 🙂

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